Advancing Liver Transplant Care
With the most established and experienced liver transplant program in the Midwest, the University of Chicago Medicine continues to lead the field in innovation, offering patients a leading-edge approach to diagnosing and treating chronic and acute liver diseases.Request an Appointment
Personalized Liver Transplant Care for Every Patient
Our liver transplant team is dedicated to providing patients with individualized care. Our unique approach means every team member works together to evaluate patients, develop a treatment plan and provide ongoing treatment. This seamless coordination allows transplant patients to see several specialists in one visit so they don't have to make frequent trips to the hospital.
Treating All Types of Liver Conditions
Our liver specialists have extensive expertise caring for patients with early to advanced liver disease. When a patient reaches end-stage liver disease or liver failure, our team can evaluate him or her for liver transplantation. Conditions that lead to liver transplantation include:
- Liver cirrhosis
- Acute liver failure
- Liver cancer
- Biliary diseases
- Genetic liver diseases
Several conditions and diseases lead to cirrhosis, such as alcoholic liver disease, chronic viral hepatitis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC).
Excellent Post-Transplant Survival Rates
Our liver transplant program delivers some of the highest outcomes in Illinois. Led by John Fung, MD, PHD and Michael Charlton, MBBS, FRCP, our world-renowned transplant surgeons offer hope for many patients who may have been turned down by other transplant programs. We care for patients with the most complex cases, which includes multiple and split liver transplants. UChicago Medicine transplant specialists are tied in first for performing the most combined heart-liver-kidney transplants in the nation.
Advanced Imaging Technology
We provide access to state-of-the-art imaging techniques for diagnosing and treating liver diseases, including MR elastography (MRE), high-intensity focused ultrasound guided by magnetic resonance (MR-HIFU), and sophisticated radiation therapy imaging and delivery techniques.
Liver Transplant Living Donation
Our program was the first in the nation to perform a living donor liver transplant, and we continue to be a leader in living donation for both children and adults. While we offer living and deceased transplant options, a living donor liver transplant has several benefits for recipients, including a shorter wait time, fewer complications and the convenience of being able to schedule your surgery date.
Pre- and Post-Liver Transplant Care
From the pre-transplant evaluation through the post-transplant follow-up, our team of transplant experts supports patients throughout their journeys. We are dedicated to providing a compassionate, personalized experience that meets each patient's unique needs.
Liver Transplant Care Team
The liver transplant team provides personalized care tailored to your specific needs.Meet Our Team
Research and Clinical Trials
Keep up-to-date with the latest research studies and opportunities to participate in clinical trials.See Clinical Trials
Liver Tumor Clinic
Our Liver Tumor Program offers the best treatment options for patients with end-stage liver disease and liver cancer, offering hope to patients with even the most complex cases.Learn More
Meet the Leaders of the UChicago Medicine Transplantation Institute
The University of Chicago Medicine recently appointed John Fung, MD, PHD, and Michael Charlton, MBBS, FRCP, as co-directors to lead the Transplantation Institute. The institute is committed to advancing programs in solid organ transplantation, such as the liver transplant program.
John Fung, MD, PHD is a highly esteemed transplant surgeon with over 30 years of experience in liver, kidney, pancreas, islet and intestinal transplantation. He has spearheaded the use of new minimally invasive surgical transplant techniques, and is an accomplished immunologist who has introduced procedures to improve donor organ preservation.
Michael Charlton, MBBS, FRCP is an internationally renowned specialist in liver diseases and transplant medicine. He has particular expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and viral hepatitis.
Dr. Fung and Dr. Charlton are consistently recognized on the "America's Top Doctors" and "Best Doctors in America" lists.
Liver Specialists Near You
Expert Liver Care for More than a Decade
Kim Lumpkins learned she had two autoimmune liver diseases in 1999. That unexpected diagnosis led to a liver transplant 13 years later. A trio of experts -- in liver disease, transplant and transplant surgery -- worked together to care for Lumpkins during her medical journey. Lumpkins says she received the "best of care" at the University of Chicago Medicine.
Walking the Transplant Path with Patients
After fighting primary sclerosing cholangitis for seven years, Brenda Garrett, MSN, MHA, underwent a lifesaving liver transplant. Now healthy, she coordinates care for patients on the organ transplant unit and works with the doctors who cared for her. "Brenda understands our patients’ challenges," said transplant hepatologist, Helen Te, MD. "And she inspires them with her story."
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